Originally Posted by Rockin Robbins
Holy cow! That thing has a 5 amp BEC! What would you buy to do better? Seems darned safe to me.
What would a UBEC do better? Enquiring minds want to know! Also I wonder what not using the BEC would do with not collecting the information. That 's really interesting...
Could you not put a switch on the red wire, leaving it off in flight but turning it on for USB interface?
Also note that even at the $100 price of new American technology the price is very well justified by the amount of test equipment it replaces! Those Castle Ice units look bulletproof! I wouldn't doubt that as competitors enter the business of data logging ESCs and production costs come down we'll expect data logging for little or no increase in price soon. Progress is great!
The model that I am building uses 11 servos for flight controls and has three non-servo electric retracts. I've been told that a separate BEC at something higher than 5 AMPS is necessary for the load the servos will pull. In addition, the advice has been to run a separate BEC and battery for anything that uses 4s and up flight batteries. My model uses 6s and the motors pull a lot of amps. To not run a separate esc runs the risk of losing power to flight controls as the two motors/fans quickly draw down the flight batteries.
I don't know if a switch would do the trick as I don't yet own a CC Ice ESC.